2012 Africa Cup of Nations draw: Ghana to take on Mali & Guinea, while north African rivals Morocco & Tunisia collide in Group C

The AFCON draw unveiled some interesting groups, including one featuring hosts Equatorial Guinea alongside Zambia, Senegal and Libya while Ivory Coast will have Angola for company
The group stage draw for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) took place on Saturday at the Sipopo Conference Palace in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, and the four pools of four teams for the competition were finally revealed.

The countries were seeded based on their performance in the last three AFCON tournaments, with Ivory Coast and Ghana finding themselves among the top four seeds, while Gabon and Equatorial Guinea were also seeded as co-hosts of the tournament that will take place in January and February next year.

Group A saw hosts Equatorial Guinea alongside Southern African hopefuls Zambia, the Teranga Lions of Senegal and a resilient Libya. The Knights of the Mediterranean have done a fantastic job of qualifying for the finals despite the political turmoil and civil war that they have had to endure this year.

Ivory Coast and Angola will meet in Group B, while they will be joined by Burkina Faso and sole East African representatives Sudan. The Elephants of Ivory Coast will be expected to top the group as tournament favorites.

Group C certainly has a North African flavor to it, with Tunisia and Morocco drawn alongside co-hosts Gabon and debutants Niger. The Atlas Lions and Carthage Eagles will be aiming to dominate the group, but home advantage for Gabon will be a key element in the fate of this pool.

Finally, Group D boasts the might of Ghana, while the first team to qualify for these finals, Botswana, along with Guinea and Mali make up the rest of the section. The Black Stars will not take their opponents lightly, but fans will be expecting the 2010 World Cup quarterfinalists to emerge from the group without serious problems.

The winner and runner-up of each group will qualify for the quarterfinals while the remaining two teams will play no further part in proceedings. On February 12 the final between the two best teams in the competition will take place to determine Africa's best national team.

Equatorial Guinea
Ivory Coast
Burkina Faso

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